A New and Controversial Madrid Metro Map

Sañudo map of Madrid metro (thumbnail) Rafa Sañudo has designed a new map (3.1-MB PDF) of the rapidly expanding Madrid Metro (Wikipedia), but some residents, especially train enthusiasts, are upset with the new design, the Times reports. They much prefer the old map (123-KB PDF), the design of which has not changed since the 1980s and borrows cues from the Beck map of the London Underground. Sañudo’s map, on the other hand, avoids 45-degree angles altogether, and is proving hard to follow for regular metro users — a change of that nature would be disorienting by definition, I think. See also El Pais (in Spanish). Via Map History/History of Cartography.